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Penn College Salon Dinner Series Debuts

Salon Dinner participants (from left) are Chad Dornan, college adviser and founder of Leonard Andrew Consulting; Alan Lightman; President Davie Jane Gilmour; Cory Tanner, a Penn College alumnus and user experience developer for DockYard; Marisa McCarthy, director, special education, Madison Park Career & Technical Vocational High School; Jennifer Smith, career and technical director, Madison Park Career & Technical Vocational High School; and Paul Hemphill, higher education blogger and college counselor.

President Davie Jane Gilmour hosted Penn College’s inaugural Salon Dinner Series event Sept. 30 in Boston. The event featured Alan Lightman, renowned physicist and author (“Einstein’s Dreams”) and professor of the practice of the humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, addressing the subject of applied technology in higher education. The college’s Salon Dinner Series provides a chance for educators, parents, companies, nonprofits, media and others to come together in an intimate, exclusive setting to discuss a wide range of meaningful, hot-button topics concerning the state of job prospects for today’s youth.

Penn College Board Re-Elects Slate of Officers

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday re-elected its full slate of officers for 2015-16.

The re-elected officers are: Sen. Gene Yaw, chair; John J. Cahir, vice chair; and Joseph J. Doncsecz, treasurer. Other officers are Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, secretary; Valerie Baier, assistant secretary; and Suzanne T. Stopper, assistant treasurer.

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Student-Edited Video Acquaints Car Enthusiasts With ‘Grand National’ Venue

The unique opportunities at Penn College – one of the nation’s oldest continuous automotive programs, one of the largest educational labs for collision repair and one of the few vintage restoration degree programs on the East Coast – are promoted in a video invitation to the Antique Automobile Club of America’s 2016 Grand National Meet to be hosted on main campus next spring. Presented by the AACA’s Susquehannock Region in association with the Penn College Classic Cruiser Chapter, the high-profile event will be held June 3-5. The five-minute production, which has been added to the Penn College YouTube channel,  was edited by Kashiki E. Harrison, of Williamsport, a General Studies major and student video production assistant in Public Relations & Marketing.

Upperclassmen Stop Freshman Winning Streak at Two

Upperclassmen claim victory in Homecoming matchup.

Action on the field, against the warm colors of the setting sun

The freshman squad

On a cool, fall Wednesday night, the freshman flag football team vowed to keep alive its two-game Homecoming streak against the upperclassmen. On the other side of the line, the sophomores (last year’s winning freshmen) wanted to extend their personal winning record and the seniors hoped to go out on a victory. The game began as a defensive battle; both sides moved the ball, but their drives stalled and each team twice turned it over on downs. The upperclassmen were pinned deep at their own end and, on a fumbled snap, the freshmen recovered in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 halftime lead. The upperclassmen had possession to start the second half and it only took a few plays for Jalile Best to find Dustin Baughman in the end zone to give them a 7-2 lead. The freshmen took the kickoff and brought it back to midfield. However, going for the deep ball two plays later, they were intercepted by Baughman in the end zone to stop the momentum and give the ball back to the upperclassmen. Trying to make the most of the turnover, Best found Mike Pearl all alone for a touchdown, putting the upperclassmen up 14-2. The freshmen were determined to climb back into the game and Kevin Powell rushed upfield past all defenders to score the first touchdown for the first-year squad, which made the score 14-9. The upperclassmen were in control of the clock and looking to end the game with under a minute left … until Philip Rioux intercepted the Best pass and returned it to the upperclass side of the field. The freshmen scrambled and threw a “Hail Mary” into the end zone and their prayers were answered by a touchdown with 12 seconds left. Unfortunately for them, one of the wide receivers started too early and the penalty ended the game – and the freshmen winning streak. Joining Powell and Rioux as members of the freshman team were Corey Fultz, Frantz Balan, Dylan Michna, Brian Gyampoh, Arik Leota, Winston Wright, Tucker Ruch, Justin Norman, Logan Firestine and Dakota Boyer. Upperclass players, aside from Best and Mike Pearl, were Chris Johnson, Charles Stankye, Josh Pearl, Baughman, Sean Reynolds, Steven Moon, Dylan Bennett, Carlos Anavitate-Bermudez and Gabriel Nepita-Mejia.
Photos and game summary by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Students Explore Global Travel Options at ‘Study Abroad Fair’

Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, tells his Penn's Inn audience about the three-credit "Sustainable Building and Design" study-abroad program to Europe and the U.K.

Among attendees are Torsten Matzke (left), exchange and study abroad officer at Scotland's Abertay University, and visiting Scottish student James T. Hemmings.

Global community reflected in colorful flag collection

Shanin L. Dougherty, international programs specialist

Spreading the word about the "Non-European Mathematics in the Mayan World," a three-credit journey to Mexico over winter break, is Lana A. Kephart, a Web and interactive media major from Mill Hall.

A Study Abroad Fair, a one-stop peek at the enticing and enlightening opportunities for educational travel, was held Tuesday in the Bush Campus Center. Participants heard presentations on a half-dozen exciting options to study abroad while earning credits toward a Penn College degree.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Timely Topic Opens Doyle Colloquia Series

More than 350 people fill the Klump Academic Center Auditorium for Tuesday's first presentation of the newly named Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series.

Against a backdrop of past and present images, Katrina A. Sinclair discusses the use of technology and propaganda by the Nazis and the Islamic State group.

Sinclair enhanced her presentation with live polling. After showing a clip from the Nazi-era film, "Triumph of the Will,” for instance, audience members were asked what element was most compelling.

Faculty member Thomas E. Ask (standing), a member of the colloquium committee and a "microphone runner," facilitates the question-and-answer session that followed the presentation.

At the postlecture reception in Wrapture, professor emeritus Daniel J. Doyle – for whom the colloquia series is named – shares a laugh and conversation with audience members.

An adjunct member of Penn College’s history faculty offered an absorbing look at technology and propaganda Tuesday night in the first presentation of the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series. In “From the Nazis to ISIS: A Historical Analysis of Technology and Propaganda,” Katrina A. Sinclair drew a parallel between the Nazis’ convincing use of broadcast venues and the Islamic State’s embrace of social media in recruiting and rallying their respective followers. While the subject matter raises difficult questions and provocative conversation, she said, it points to the importance of open dialogue – a discussion she hopes will develop proactive strategies to counter extreme ideologies in our global society. The next event in the series will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, when Alan R. Neuner, vice president for facilities operations at Geisinger Medical Center, presents “Improving National Health Through Energy Efficiency.” Watch PCToday in the coming weeks for a video link to Sinclair’s full presentation.

Faculty Research Published in International Economics Journal

Chip D. Baumgardner

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member’s research on the use of cooperative learning as an alternative to lectures in economics courses was published in International Advances in Economic Research.

The paper, by Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management, was published in the September 2015 issue of the journal, which is published by the International Atlantic Economic Society. His paper is titled “Cooperative Learning as a Supplement to the Economics Lecture.”

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Bad Weather Can’t Dampen Good Works

Jennifer (left) and Emily Myers, of Catawissa, make it a family affair.

Calah D. Doyka (110), a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration student from Mercersburg, joins Jennifer Doyka (109), of Mercersburg, and Alicia Sebeck, of Morris, N.Y.

Working race check-in are Daniele A. Hebert (left), of Mechanicsburg, enrolled in pre-surgical technology, and April M. Tucker, an applied human services student from Muncy.

The undaunted dozen gather in the Field House for a group shot.

Participants also include Mark A. Johnson (112), of Staunton, Va., welding and fabrication engineering technology; Regan W. Grossman (116), Honesdale, building automation technology; and Benjamin Doyka, of Mercersburg.

A dozen intrepid participants withstood Saturday’s soggy weather to champion the 5K Walk/Run for Penn College Benefiting THON. Part of Penn State’s annual dance marathon to fight pediatric cancer, the local student organization collected $175 in its latest fundraiser. “We definitely thank those that braved the rain to come out and support the children,” said Max C. Bower, a heavy construction equipment: operator emphasis major from Lewisberry and president of the campus chapter. “One-hundred percent of the profit will be going to THON.”
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

National Construction Advisory Board Includes Penn College Faculty

Building construction technology instructors Levon A. Whitmyer (left) and Barney A. Kahn IV represent Penn College on the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters Advisory Board.

Two faculty members in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s building construction technology department recently participated in the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters Advisory Board meeting in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to serving on the national board, instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Levon A. Whitmyer serve on subcommittees: Kahn is a member of the two-year competition and awards subcommittees, and Whitmyer sits on the four-year competition and nominating subcommittees.

“Being two of 15 educational members gives the college a significant national platform to lead our students into an industry that is in need of new young members,” Whitmyer said. “Barney and I never realized how important this volunteer position would be at placing us in the discussions at this level. We now realize that Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies has the opportunity to become a national influence in the delivery of residential construction education.”

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Penn College Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2015

Blair Soars (left), president of Pneu-Dart Inc., talks with Penn College students and C. Hank White (second from left), director of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, during a recent Manufacturing Day program.

From a simple basement machine shop in 1914 to today’s high-tech labs throughout campus, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessor institutions have always embraced manufacturing. The college celebrated that commitment to American manufacturing on Manufacturing Day 2015.

“Manufacturing Day is an incredible opportunity for us to really communicate to the world what we do here at Penn College,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, president. “We’re a college of technology, and we offer this amazing set of degrees that are what I call ‘recession proof.’ And they are all connected to manufacturing in some way.”

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Automotive Faculty Member Named Honorary Crew Member

Chris J. Holley (left) and Tony Schumacher

An eye-catching Army display draws interest from the race-day crowd.

An automotive faculty member represented Penn College as a guest of the Army and Don Schumacher Racing during Saturday’s “Army Day at the Races” during the Keystone Nationals held at Maple Grove Raceway just outside Reading. Assistant professor Chris J. Holley was able to interact with several Army officers and soldiers; he also met Mike Lewis, vice president of DSR, and Tony Schumacher, Don’s son and a driver of one of the group’s eight nitro-burning drag cars. Those eight teams have accumulated more than 250 wins and close to 20 championships over the years, and Tony Schumacher has won the Top Fuel championship eight times during the 15 years he has been sponsored by the Army. In addition to being a guest and a recognized Army “center of influence” – someone who meets with a target audience that includes educated young men and women – Holley was selected as a ceremonial crew member for the Army team for the day. “That was quite an honor,” he said.
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Employers Schedule Campus Information Sessions

Three employers, hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of available jobs, will hold information sessions at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Recruiting on campus are Advantage Resourcing-Ford, in Rooms 110/112 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center; First Quality, in Room 205 of the Bush Campus Center; and Universal Health Services Inc., in Room E252 of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. (Advantage will conduct interviews Wednesday in CC, Room 202.) For details, including open positions and applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ flier: On-Campus Recruitment

Tech Scholars Tour K’NEX Plant on Manufacturing Day

Penn College Tech Scholars enjoy interacting with Joel Glickman, chairman and inventor of K’NEX. From left are Nicholas C. Moore, Lock Haven, plastics & polymer engineering technology; Rylee A. Butler, Bellefonte, engineering design technology; Kelsey L. Shaak, Quakertown, information technology sciences: gaming and simulation; Logan T. Beidleman, Hope Mills, N.C., welding & fabrication engineering technology; Glickman; Connor L. Winslow, Blanchard, information technology sciences: gaming & simulation; and Ethan M. Yoder, Denver, software development & information management.

Six Pennsylvania College of Technology students celebrated Friday’s Manufacturing Day by visiting The Rodon Group in Hatfield.

“They got to see the manufacturing process firsthand,” said David S. Richards, professor of physics, who accompanied the students.

All the students are recipients of S-STEM Tech Scholar Scholarships provided through a National Science Foundation grant. The scholarships are intended to encourage and help retain students pursuing STEM careers.

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Penn College Program Receives Merit Award From National Board

In a Penn College laboratory, surgical technology students learn to facilitate safe and effective surgical procedures.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology program has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving at least a 90-percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.

Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST credential is required for employment as a surgical technologist within many health care organizations.

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Industry Leader Extends Cooperative Relationship With Penn College

Jeff Klingman (fifth from right), Axalta territory sales manager, joins Penn College collision repair instructor Loren R. Bruckhart (center); Brett A. Reasner (right), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; and students in the College Avenue Labs paint laboratory. Bruckhart is holding an Axalta-donated digital spectrophotometer, a handheld color-matching device.

Axalta Coating Systems, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings to the transportation and industrial sectors, has extended its sponsorship of the collision repair technology and automotive restoration technology programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology for four years.

A key supporter of the majors since they moved into College Avenue Labs in 2002, Axalta will continue to provide products for instructional use, assistance with curriculum development and training of collision repair faculty as a way to build brand awareness and expertise for their products with Penn College students.

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